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"If the tiger ever stands still, the elephant will crush him with his mighty tusks. But the tiger will not stand still. He will leap upon the back of the elephant, tearing huge chunks from his side, and then he will leap back into the dark jungle. And slowly the elephant will bleed to death. Such will be the war in Indochina."--Ho Chi Minh
The Elephant and the Tiger (originally published in 1990 by Hippocrene Books), is a thorough and thought-provoking history of the Vietnam War. It chronicles the events from Dec. 13, 1954, the date when the US first signed a formal agreement with France to assume more responsibility for equipping and training the South Vietnamese armed forces, until 1975 when South Vietnam's army was swept aside by the North Vietnamese Army and the last Americans were forced to flee the country in defeat.
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Wilbur H. Morrison was a radio announcer and news commentator before joining the Army Air Corps and becoming a B-29 bombardier-navigator during WWII. He flew five hundred combat hours during the war, receiving twenty-one awards and decorations, and rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel. In 1954, he went to work for the Douglas Aircraft Company where he became manager of public relations. Morrison is the author of more than twelve books and is considered to be one of America's leading military historians and authority on military and commercial aviation.From Library Journal:
This history might be read as a conservative counterpart to Stanley Karnow's Vietnam (LJ 10/1/83). Morrison argues that U.S. defeat in Vietnam was the product of an unrealistic fear of China and the Soviet Union, resulting in a strategy of reaction and attrition. Civilian authorities, especially MacNamara, insisted on "micromanaging" the war. Military commanders were unwilling to back their doubts by resigning. Ill-advised U.S. attempts at nation-building kept South Vietnam from developing its own identity. Morrison is better at articulating positions than supporting them. He never proves his key point that China and Russia were bluffing. His critique of the war's conduct too often depends for support on descriptions of battlefield heroism or sacrifice. Pathos, however, is no substitute for analysis.
- Dennis E. Showalter, Colorado Coll., Colorado Springs
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Book Description Hellgate Press, Central Point, 2001. Softcover. Condition: New. 703 pages. Softcover. New book. VIETNAM. In the first step-by-step account to really probe behind the events of the Vietnam War, the author contends that the skill and bravery of the U.S. armed forces was undermined by duplicitous and wrong-headed leadership from Washington. The failure of the political and military commands to appreciate the lasting effects of the geopolitical history of this troubled region led to fatal misunderstandings. Includes an Index. "A tough-minded and provocative post-mortem on America's post-World War II involvement in Indochina, which damingly critiques the political leaders who sent troops to fight and die there." -- The Kirkus Reviews (Key Words: Indochina, Vietnam War, Wilbur H. Morrison, General William C. Westmoreland, World War II, Maxwell D. Taylor, Pleiku, Robert S. McNamara, Richard M. Nixon, Henry Kissinger, Hue, Lyndon B. Johnson, Gulf of Tonkin, Ho Chi Minh, Da Nang, MIGS). book. Seller Inventory # 90531X1
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